Submitted By: J.
Answered: January 27, 2017 9:00 am

A residence that had been held in a grantor trust was sold following the death of the grantor. The sale price was less than what the grantor paid for the home years ago. Is there a taxable loss?

When a taxpayer dies, the tax basis of the property is the value of the property on the date of death. As such, if property is sold for this date-of-death value, there is no gain or loss.

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Tax Glossary

Individual retirement account (IRA)

A retirement account to which up to $4,000 (or $5,000 if you are 50 or over) may be contributed for 2007, but deductions for the contribution are restricted if you are covered by a company retirement plan. Earnings accumulate tax free.

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